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At Auction: A Wright Usonian Home

At Auction: A Wright Usonian Home

A house with a one-of-a-kind pedigree soon will hit the auction block in Los Angeles. Built in 1939 – the same year as Fallingwater – it was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, its construction supervised by a young John Lautner. Its most recent owners were Jack Larson (best known for playing cub reporter Jimmy Olson [...]

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In Los Angeles, ‘Mad About Design’

In Los Angeles, ‘Mad About Design’

For Westweek 2016 – themed “Mad About Design” – the Pacific Design Center (PDC) is looking back to a modern Draper from the past. No – not Don Draper from Mad Men. Rather, it’s the larger-than-life look of Dorothy Draper that PDC has set its sights on – in a keynote address called “Rebels of [...]

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Paola Paronetto’s Works in Paper Clay

Paola Paronetto’s Works in Paper Clay

From the province of Pordenone, on the northeast border of Italy, comes some of the most delicate and fragile works ever borne of  paper and clay. It’s created by ceramicist Paola Paronetto. At Maison & Objet in Paris in September, she’ll present the collection she calls Carocci. It’s the result of different types of paper [...]

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A Landscape Design for Jeddah Tower

A Landscape Design for Jeddah Tower

So how do you select a landscape architect for the tallest building in the world? If you’re smart, you seek out the firm that’s mastered landscapes at the Shanghai Tower in China and the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, among others. More specifically, you’d look for SWA’s John Wong, who designed both. So for Jeddah Tower [...]

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Kitsch Is Cool at Utah State University

Kitsch Is Cool at Utah State University

The industrial revolution gave us a number of substantial benefits – mass production and a rising middle class among them. But kitsch art, too, was a byproduct born of that era. “Derived from ‘verkitschen’ (German for “to make cheap”), kitsch was first used in the 1860s and 1870s to describe art sold in street markets [...]

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In New York, Debating Organic Design

In New York, Debating Organic Design

Seventy-five years later, the debate is still fresh. A 1941 home furnishings show at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) has inspired a new exhibition aimed at spurring discussions about organic design today The Garden in the Machine: Organic Design 1930 to the Present at the Friedman Benda Gallery in New York takes its cues [...]

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A Tour of Iconic Houses in Los Angeles

A Tour of Iconic Houses in Los Angeles

A+A first became aware of the ICONIC HOUSES network when Michael McDonald, who with his wife, Marsha Myers, restored Richard Meier’s Douglas House on Lake Michigan, called our attention to it. Now Natascha Drabbe, founder of the network, is calling our attention to the 4th International Iconic Houses Conference at the Getty Center, Feb. 17-19 in Los Angeles. [...]

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Connections from Old Raleigh to New

Connections from Old Raleigh to New

Three new modern, single-family homes by Raleigh Architecture Company (RAC) are punctuating a resurgence in the Oak City’s downtown. They join two earlier designs by the same design/build firm and its on-site arm, Raleigh Construction Company. All five are within a one block area – two front Edenton St. and three, New Bern Avenue. They’re [...]

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At Duke University, a Thoughtful Pond

At Duke University, a Thoughtful Pond

A thoughtful landscape intervention at Duke University has turned a drought-inspired engineering project into a functional, sustainable and educational environment. Duke Pond got its start right after the 2008 drought. The university had built a huge chiller plant that was taking potable water from the City of Durham to air condition dorms and a hospital [...]

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Troublemakers: The Story of Land Art

Troublemakers is the title of James Crump’s documentary on the groundbreaking land artists of the late 1960s and ’70s. They worked during an era permeated by assassinations, war and Woodstock, but they were responding also to the traditional European model of canvases painted to be hung upon museum or gallery walls. Land art was an [...]

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